Solar System Exploration
Great Dark Spot
December 17, 2004
Great Dark Spot
Terrain shown in this view from Ceres lies within the large, southern hemisphere impact basin named Zadeni. NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this image on June 17, 2016.
Dawn LAMO Image 139
The low Sun elevation in this scene emphasizes the topography of Van Eyck crater.
Van Eyck and the Formation
Saturn's rings appear as only a thin line seen edge-on in the middle of this Cassini view, but the rings cast broad shadows on the southern hemisphere of the planet in the lower left of the image. ...
Thin Line, Broad Shadows
The Cassini spacecraft looks at an example of a ray crater on the leading hemisphere of Saturn's moon Dione. The ray crater is in the upper-left of the image and ejecta rays show up as brighter ma...
Dione Ray Crater
NASA's Dawn spacecraft took this image of unnamed craters in the northern hemisphere of Ceres. The crater at left displays rough spurs of compacted material along its lower edge, while the rest of ...
Dawn LAMO Image 42
Pan and moons like it have profound effects on Saturn's rings. The effects can range from clearing gaps, to creating new ringlets, to raising vertical waves that rise above and below the ring plane...
Ominous Giant November 26, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06530 Saturn's massive atmosphere appears poised to crush little Enceladus in this i...
This close pairing of Janus and Epimetheus shows the two moons at "high phase," meaning that only a thin sliver of sunlit terrain is visible on each moon. Portions of each are also lit feebly by re...
This image of Xevioso Crater was obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft on May 16, 2018 from an altitude of about 470 miles (760 kilometers).
This Synthetic Aperture Radar image of the surface of Saturn's moon Titan was obtained by the Cassini spacecraft on Sept. 7, 2005. The bright, rough region on the left side of the image seems to b...
Shoreline on Titan?
This true-color simulated view of Jupiter is composed of 4 images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on December 7, 2000.
High Resolution Globe of Jupiter
Multiple tenuous strands flank the brilliant core of Saturn's F ring. These delicate, flanking ringlets wind through the F ring, creating a tight spiral. This view looks toward the sunlit side of ...
F Ring Close-up
Saturn's moon Atlas, just below the center of this image, orbits in the Roche Division between the A ring and thin F ring. See Saturn's Saucer Moons for higher resolution views of Atlas (30 kilome...
Charting Atlas' Path
Titan's Tantalizing Streaks October 28, 2004 Full-Res: PIA06985 This wide-angle image captured by Cassini's imaging science subsystem sho...
Titan's Tantalizing Streaks
This is a highly detailed look at the feathery, wavelike patterns in the cloud bands of Saturn's southern hemisphere. Near the center, long filaments wrap around a swirling vortex. Notable is the e...
Feathery Belts and Zones
The southern edge of Xanadu, a continent-size feature on Saturn's moon Titan, is seen in this Cassini radar mapper image swath collected on Feb. 22, 2008. Xanadu is unusually bright in both infrar...
Skirting Xanadu's Southern Boundary
The colorful globe of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, passes in front of the planet and its rings in this true color snapshot from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Titan Up Front
This computer rendering shows the surface of Rhea, Saturn's second largest satellite behind Titan. Like Dione and Iapetus, there is a noticeable difference between the two hemispheres of the satel...
On July 19, 2013, NASA's Cassini spacecraft will take a picture of Earth from about 898 million (1.44 billion kilometers) away, or nearly 10 times the distance between Earth and the sun. It will be...
Wave at Saturn
+ View Full-Res This image was obtained by Cassini's radar instrument during a flyby on Jan. 13, 2007. The radar antenna was pointing toward Titan at an altitude of 1,000 kilometers (621 miles) ...
Titan Radar Swath (T-23 Flyby - Jan. 13, 2007)
Bright spokes grace Saturn's B ring in this Cassini image. To learn more about the ghostly radial markings called spokes, see 'Tis the Season for Spokes and The Spoke Search. Spokes appear bright ...
The Cassini spacecraft has beamed back a new, more detailed image of smog-enshrouded Titan.
Through the Haze
The terminator between light and dark throws Rhea's cratered surface into stark relief while the southern hemisphere is scored by bright icy cliffs. North on Rhea is up and rotated 42 degrees to t...
NASA's Dawn spacecraft views Abellio Crater (20 miles, 32 kilometers wide) on Ceres in this image. Dawn took this image on June 2, 2016, from its low-altitude mapping orbit, at a distance of about ...
Dawn LAMO Image 178
This view from NASA's Dawn spacecraft shows a crater in the southern hemisphere of Ceres with a prominent central peak. The image is centered at approximately 63 degrees south latitude, 143 degrees...
Dawn LAMO Image 18
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